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During the 2008-09 season, Warrior Girls Captain Alexis blogged about her experiences with the team. From a behind-the-scenes look at the teamís swimsuit calendar shoot to an insiderís view of the team, Alexis gave readers a firsthand look at life as a Warriors Girl.
A huge thank you goes out to the fans who continued to pack ORACLE Arena on a nightly basis.
On behalf of my team, Iíd like to thank all of our fans who supported the Warriors this season. Before the seasonís final home game on Monday night against the San Antonia Spurs, Kelenna Azubuike thanked the fans perfectly. He said, ďÖ Through ups and downs, you supported us this season.Ē It was certainly a rollercoaster type season, but thankfully you, the fans, always showed up to ORACLE Arena on game nights. In fact, we still had one of the loudest and packed arenas in the league!
This was a great year for the Warriors Girls. We started the season traveling across the world to dance at the NBA China games in Guangzhou and Beijing. We not only got the opportunity to dance in another country, but we had the chance to learn about Chinese culture during our visits to places like the Silk Market and on our visit to one of the Seven Wonders of the World - The Great Wall of China.
Earlier in the season, we had our third annual Calendar shoot in Napa, CA. Thanks to our make-up artist Maria OíReilly, photographer Michael Soo, and everyone else who worked on the calendar, it was a huge success.
Throughout the whole season, even starting last summer, we worked with some of the top choreographers in the nation to make sure we delivered the best performances possible! We even got to showcase the routines at the two Warrior Girl Dance Clinics this year. Girls from all over the Bay Area were taught routines, and then performed with us at halftime.
By far the best part about the season was the bond that was intensified amongst our teammates. Having practice three times a week (on top of the game schedule) was oftentimes draining, but knowing that we were surrounded by our best friends made every moment enjoyable. Something that the fans may not know about the Warrior Girls is that we really are best friends Ė even when weíre not at the games or at dance practice.
The time has finally come! The fourth-annual NBA Dace Team Bracket is here! Last year, with the help of our fans, we were lucky enough to make it to the third round! This year, we need your help again so that we can go even further!
The competition started on Monday, but voting for the Warrior Girls begins this Friday, March 20, at 11 a.m. The team with the most votes in a 24-hour period advances to the next round. Itís a 30 team, bracket-style, single-elimination contest. Our first opponent is the Sacramento Kings Dance Team. If we advance to the next round, our opponent would be the Lakers Girls or the New Orleans Honeybees.
Although biased, I really do believe our team should win! Our team is made up of a variety of dance styles and backgrounds, which sets us apart from some of the other dance teams in the NBA. We have Natalie and Thera who wow us with their hip-hop, Leah and Kelsey who are jazz perfectionists, and Casey and Katie who have flexibility beyond comprehension. Aside from our technical backgrounds, each girl on the team works extremely hard to make sure our fans are happy! We deserve to win!
The winner of the entire bracket will be announced on Monday, April 6th at 11 a.m. Click here to vote, or here to see the rest of the dance team match-ups.
We also have our second Warrior Girls Dance Clinic coming up on Sunday, March 29. This is a chance for girls of all ages to join me and the other Warrior Girls at Club Sport in San Ramon. At the clinic, we will teach actual routines that weíve performed throughout the season. These routines were taught to us by some of the best choreographers in the nation, so itís in incredible opportunity. Plus, itís a ton of fun! In addition, the girls will get to dance with us in a halftime performance, and enjoy an autograph signing after they perform!
I want to thank all of our fans who came out to support the Warrior Girls on Monday night in the Club 200 Lounge. The official unveiling of the 2009 Swimsuit Calendar was a huge success. For photos of the eventful night, click here. This is the third-annual calendar and it is as beautiful as ever. The shots were all taken in Napa, at the Meritage and Vino Bello Resort and Spa by photographer Michael Soo.
Prior to the calendar release party, Kelsey, Missy and I did a press tour to promote the release. We visited Baltazar and Maria at 99.7, the fun guys at 107.7 The Bone, and of course, Damon Bruce at KNBR. After we left each station, the DJs and staff were personally handed a calendar, but only when we left the room. We werenít allowed to see the pictures until the night of the release, not even a peek. So, even though I was physically with the calendars for a few days, I never actually got to see the finished product until it was unveiled to us at the party.
Franco Finn was the host for the night, and as each month was digitally unveiled, we finally got to see the pictures. Afterward, we got to meet our fans during an autograph signing. We had fun talking with everyone as they passed through the line to get an autograph from each member of our team. Some were buying calendars for themselves, and some bought them as Holiday presents for their loved ones. We had a great time! Thanks again to everyone!
Thursday, October 9 (3:06 p.m.)
Reflecting On The Swimsuit Calendar Photo Shoot by Alexis
Alexis and her teammates recently participated in the photo shoot for the 2008-09 Warrior Girls Swimsuit Calendar. See more photos below.
The new 2008-2009 Warrior Girls team is excited and ready for the new season! We've been working hard the past few months to prepare not only for the start of the season, but also for our calendar shoot and our trip to China!
The 2008-2009 Warrior Girls Swimsuit Calendar was shot in Napa at The Meritage Resort and Spa. We were lucky enough to have Michael Soo as our photographer again, and we got a special treat working with our new make-up artist, Maria O'Reilly.
We were assigned shifts for our time in front of the camera. Some of us shot in the afternoon and evening while others were up at 4 a.m. to shoot. We posed in the spa, pool and several other locations on the grounds of the resort. The resort itself was beautiful and we couldn't have asked for more pefect weather.
Take a look for yourself in the photo gallery below and you'll see what I'm talking about:
Now that our shoot is complete, I - like the rest of my
teammates - can't wait to see the finished product. And
I'll finally get to do so when the calendar is released
on December 1 at the Warriors-Heat game at ORACLE Arena.
Although the calendar shoot was definitely one of the highlights of the summer, we have also been hard at work practicing our routines for the upcoming season. From September 26-29, we held a choreography clinic at Club Sport in San Ramon. A few dancers from the Denver Nuggets joined us and we were instructed by some of our favorite choreographers from all over the country. We learned more than 26 new routines that we can't wait to perform for the fans at ORACLE Arena.
Finally, China, here we come! The veterans of the current Warrior Girls team will be leaving on October 11 for Guangzhou and Beijing for the pre-season games against the Milwaukee Bucks. We've had extended practice hours in order to prepare for the overseas games. It is truly an honor to represent the NBA and the Golden State Warriors on this trip. We are thrilled to be performing in the arena where the 2008 Summer Olympics were held.
That's it for now, but I'll soon be back to tell you about our experiences in China.
Let the games begin!
Monday, July 28 (8:53 a.m.)
2008-09 Warrior Girls Are Set by Alexis
Despite being on the team for two seasons, Alexis had to prove herself all over again at this year's Warrior Girls Auditions. View Auditions Photo Gallery
Well, it's here again!! The 2008-09
Warrior Girls were announced on Friday, and I'm so grateful
to be back! This past month has been filled with intense clinics
in preparation for the big audition, and now I can't wait
to begin Season No. 3 as a Warrior Girl.
During the clinics, the Warrior Girl applicants were able
to learn routines we performed last season. This not only
gave candidates the chance to learn our style of dance,
but it also gave them the opportunity to meet members of
last year's team and our director, Susan
Hovey. After each clinic, there were was time to ask
Susan and the team any questions they had regarding auditions
or the commitment they would have to make if they indeed
made the team.
In addition to the clinics, we had a week-long press tour to promote our auditions. Susan and I
visited radio and television stations throughout the Bay
Area, including 107.7 The Bone, Gary Radnich at KRON, and,
of course, our good friends at KNBR. During my interview
there with Murph and Mac, they asked me how I felt about
auditioning again. They were shocked to learn that each
year everyone must re-audition, and that no spots are
guaranteed on the team. If a current Warrior Girl wants
her spot back, she has to prove herself against all of the other dancers all over again. Susan always tells us that Warrior Girls must "have the total package." Susan and the other judges aren't just in
search of good-looking girls, but girls who are well
spoken, intelligent, and most importantly, amazing
Club Sport in San Ramon is typically a second home for
a Warrior Girl, considering we are there for practice three
times a week. However, at last Saturday's auditions, the
gym felt anything but comfortable. There were hundreds of
girls ready to dance their hearts out, capture the eyes
and hearts of the judges, and make it past the multiple
rounds of harsh cuts. The energy was extremely high, but
with only 16 spots on the team, the competition was fierce.
I just wanted my spot back!
After a long week, I am so happy that I made the team again. As
a third-year veteran, I not only know what to expect in
terms of dance and time commitment, but I know how
incredible it will be to dance on that court in front of
the best fans in the NBA! Lots of changes have been made
to the team's roster. Although it's sad to see some familiar names leave for other teams, I know our dedicated fans will embrace the new players on the team.
In the same
way, I welcome the new members of the Warrior Girls to this year's team. Congratulations to the new 2008-2009 Golden State Warrior
Girls! This season will be unforgettable!
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